Members of the Indian Broadcasting Foundation met here on Thursday to discuss the proposed Media Council, but failed to take a unified stand on the issue. All aspects of the Media Council were discussed at the meeting, said Mr. Bhuvan Lall, Executive Director, IBF. But the Foundation will finalise its stand on Media Council in its forthcoming board meeting, he said.
Among others, representatives of Star, Sony Entertainment Television, Zee, Sahara and Jain TV, attended the meet. The meeting lasted for over two hours, but no decision could be taken.
The IBF viewpoint on the issue is quite significant because the concept paper on the proposed Media Council would require inputs from IBF, which will be impacted by the new council.
Press Council and the IBF are scheduled to submit their written comments to the ministry on various aspects of the Media Council by May 15, after which the draft bill will be made. But with the IBF deciding to finalise its stand on the issue in its next board meeting, it’s unlikely that written inputs can be submitted by May 15.
The four aspects of the Media Council on which the ministry is awaiting concrete suggestions include composition, power, source of funding and functions. Even as the minister made it clear that the proposed Media Council would eventually replace the Press Council, it is not known whether dotcoms would fall under its jurisdiction.